CHIC CH. Tuck- CDX TDX RN VNEX- TDI SAR-W3
|Barked: Sat Mar 2, '13 10:35am PST |
|Well This was all not figured out right away either. It actually took decades. REALLY.
But starting with Tuck, it took 6 years to find out he was not breedable, even after he bred, and his puppy was 1 year old.
EVERYTHING about Tuck indicated he was a breedable dog. He was out of a long line of health tested dogs. Going back on his 7 generation pedigree, every dog was health tested (Foreign and American) Every dog was a Champion. He was a Champion and a nationally recognized multiple breed specialty winner. He has passed every single health test available for his breed. He certainly had performance qualifications, and has a marvelous temperament, where he works in schools teaching kids to read as a therapy dog.
There is no mark anywhere where there is a flag that he should not be bred.
he was bred.
Then at 7 his mother died.. uh oh, something to be aware of.
Then there were puppies. uhoh, weird, sad, and very unfortunate.. this carefully selected breeding of 7 suddenly became 2. 1 mummified puppy, detached placentas(but born alive, but died within 24 hours) Thought the detached placentas had to do with feeding FLAX in the supplements, which soy and flax in pregnancy can act as a hormone stimulator, and cause puppy abortions. (DO NOT FEED PREGNANT BITCHES FLAX OR SOY!!)
But the dead puppies were dismissed and just that.. a mishap.
2 healthy puppies, except BOB was born with a bob tail. Breeder knew immediately she was terminating this line, even though she did not know what this was.
Bob grows up and becomes a Search dog (no reason he can't work and be a great pet and therapy dog) . At 1 he gets ultrasounded.
UHOH... missing a kidney
Backchaining events, We realized the genetic link of the bob tail is often also geneticly linked to the renal agenesis.
A history of breeding failures, small litters, failure to thrive puppies, puppies dying within 24 hours of death, were all linked together.
The markers were there all along. No one recognized them for what they were.
Bob would never have been used for breeding because of his tail. He would never be shown, so even as cute as his tail is... NOT breeding anything that does not meet breed standard becomes important, no matter how cute it is.
It literally took YEARS and good breeder communication to put this puzzle together.
Tuck's Spleenic cancer was a different matter entirely, but diligence in health testing and breeder communications identified an issue, recognized there may be a problem, and was acted upon saving his life.
Again, a simple health screening yearly ultrasound. One year, the ultrasound caught Bob's missing kidney causing investigation and red flags to backchain and discover what was going on. Bob should live an entirely normal long life, and there is a good possibility without that ultrasound, his condition would never have been known and he may have died of old age with it undiscovered. The ultrasound identified the problem and took Tuck out of the breeding program, before there was further damage. AFTER the discovery, it was discovered Tuck should have been removed from the breeding program simply based on the spleenic cancer history alone.
But up until there were puppies, did the first warning sign ever occur, that indicated there might be a problem. If it weren't for the litter that almost wasn't, Tuck was still carrying the spleenic cancer thing, that was not identified for another year later, and there were already other proposed breedings on the table. Bob stopped those proposed breedings. Good thing, because the spleenic cancer was not something that needed to be passed on either.
All this unfolded YEARS after it appeared to be a very healthy dog worthy of breeding. And puppies sold at 8 weeks perfectly healthy. A less vigilant breeder would have congratulated themselves on healthy 8 week old puppies properly homes, and thought they did a great job. The study and art of breeding starts Generations before a breeding pair. And never ends until after several generations after that breeding pair, their offspring, and their children's offspring is dead.
This is what breeding is. This is why health testing and deep knowledge of genetics affects your pet puppy. As does breeder networking.
AKC papers are nice. They are required to show a dog and should be required to breed a dog, although disreputable uneducated people do not understand this.
but most important of all, is the HEALTH testing. Without health testing information and history, that registered dog has as blank slate of information as a dog you picked up at the pound. Except the dog you picked up at the pound does have a history. You already know if it gets along with children, cats, other dogs, you are already aware of it's temperament and usually even comes vaccinated and spayed. AND you know it lived to "X" years and is currently apparently healthy.
So if you aren't buying a puppy from a health tested family heritage, PLEASE consider going to a shelter to adopt. But whatever you do, do not support proliferation of breeding of unhealth tested stock.
When selecting a breeder.. ASK them about the ages of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, litter sizes, what they died of, write it down, Give this information to your veterinarian. (IT may save you tons of money in diagnostics later, and give the vet an anchor of where to start looking) (This is for a PET as well as a show dog) If you know there was glaucoma, cataracts or renal failure in your lines.. and by the way, in our breed, MOST of the hereditary renal failure is in PET bred lines, because the show breeders have been aware of these genetics for 50 years and have been working hard to breed it out. When your healthy 8 week old puppy dies of renal failure at 11 months old, out of the blue.. Thank your pet breeder, who is patting themselves on the back for what a great JOB they are doing for supplying people with dead pets trying to convince you their pets are healthier, because they aren't inbred. (But really, aren't any less inbred than the show stock they rail against) The fact is, most of the hereditary problems ARE in pet bred stock. The show breeders are breeding it out. The Pet bred stock reporting system is just broken, and because they dont test AND LOOK, and stuff isnt reported back.. they just never know.
Please dont contribute to the problem Buy from a breeder testing. looking, and networked. Or if you are willing to chance an unknown health risk ... ADOPT. But never support a breeder who is not testing. Ask for OFA certification numbers. Ask for CERF. Ask the health test history and familial history. It WILL save you money, and perhaps your pet.
)Being a show breeder is not enough.. make sure they are testing.
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